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Intel processors with two cores are here now, and quad-core processors are right around the corner. In the coming years, the number of cores on a chip will continue to grow, launching an era of vastly more powerful computers. These are the machines that will deliver teraflop performance with the efficient capabilities needed to handle tomorrow’s emerging applications. The Intel® Tera-scale Computing Research Program is Intel’s overarching effort to shape the future of Intel processors and platforms. Intel researchers are already working on over 100 R&D projects worldwide to address the hardware and software challenges of building and programming systems with dozens of energy-efficient cores with a sophisticated memory hierarchy. Currently, projects in this program span circuit technologies, microarchitecture, interconnects, memory, and software technologies. Some may wonder why Intel is putting so much emphasis on terascale research. The reason is simple: tera-scale computing is a twofold revolution, both in the capabilities that devices will have, and in the amount of innovation that will be required to handle tomorrow’s advanced applications. The term itself—tera-scale—refers to the terabytes of data that must be handled by platforms capable of teraflops of computing performance. That’s a thousand times more compute capability than is available in today’s giga-scale devices.Read the full Tera-scale Computing Research Overview White Paper.
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